On the contrary, Microsoft was forced to apologize for posting a similar commercially-motivated obituary which was deemed 'insensitive.'
Some companies have cashed in on Amy Winehouse's death. Online music stores iTunes and Amazon, for instance, have made what supposed to be a tribute page for the late singer soon after her passing, only to have it redirected to the download links to her songs which might contribute to increase the number of her music sales.
Another company outside music industry which had also profited from Amy's death was Microsoft. The corporation, however, came under fire after posting an "insensitive" tweet read, "Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking 'Back to Black' over at Zune." Following the critique, the message was deleted and an apology was issued.
"Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse 'download' tweet seemed purely commercially motivated. Far from the case, we assure you," the company stated. "With Amy W's passing, the world has lost a huge talent. Our thoughts are with Amy's family and friends at this very sad time."
While Microsoft was slammed, iTunes and Amazon were safe. The former had a large image of Amy's on its homepage with the caption, "Remembering Amy Winehouse." The latter, similarly, added a box containing Amy's short biography, and encouraged visitors to "read more about Amy Winehouse." However, visitors were taken to download links when the image and link were clicked.